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Google All Access vs. Spotify for Music Streaming [VIDEO]

Google rolled out their contribution to the music streaming scene, Google All Access, at their developers conference a couple weeks ago. I signed up and I’m hooked. But I’ve also been a loyal Spotify user since it came to the U.S.

So I wanted to bring up the pros and cons of these platforms so you can help me decide. Which is better?

Google All Access vs. Spotify for Music Streaming

I instantly got hooked on Google All Access because the of the radio feature. You get so much more control over the playlist even though it is automatically created instead of manually so you can skip, delete and rearrange the songs that are suggested. I love this because I have a control issue and also because it makes it easier to go back and remember titles and artists.

The only problem I’m having is that I want to further customize a station by adding more like artists and music but I’ve only figured out that my feedback is enhancing the auto-station. So a little annoying but still much better than other options I’ve seen for discovery.

The biggest issue I could have forseen was not being able to use All Access on my iPhone which is why I love Spotify so much, but I’ve heard recently that it is in fact coming to iOS. So that really levels the playing field.

The service is paid no matter where you listen but if you sign up before June 30, 2013 it is $7.99 a month versus the usual $9.99 for everyone else. And of course you get a 30 day free trial.

I’m still deciding what I’m going to do at the end of my trial because I am a loyal Spotify user and pay $9.99 a month with them because I like to travel with my music on my iPhone and they make it really simple.

I love the playlists I made on the platform, but it’s not just that. I love seeing what my friends are listening to and subscribing to their playlists and them subscribing to mine. It feels like we have a musical connection better than the days when we were sharing headphones during lunch in high school.

Facebook integration definitely gives Spotify a huge advantage because of how easy it is to connect with those same friends on Spotify to watch their listening activity. Friend integration with All Access? You better have a community on Google Plus because that’s gonna be a thing at some point.

So you see my dilemma? I really love finding new music because I get tired of the same stuff all the time, but I want to be in control. At the same time, I don’t want to leave my friends and my awesome playlists behind. And am I really going to by $18.00 per month for music? It’s lookin’ that way, isn’t it?

What music platform are you using?

 

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11 comments
Jerome A Moore Jr
Jerome A Moore Jr

A big problem with Goggle Play is Playlist creation. You can't import a list of songs from Spotify or create a playlist without dragging and dropping the songs individually. I often create playlists for Spotify by dropping a song list into Ivyishere.org. It creates a Spotify playlist from the text list. I can then paste the playlist into Spotify.

hellobrio
hellobrio

Maybe I'm überly old fashioned about music.. but what ever happened to old school iTunes and syncing that with your iPhone or iPod? Maybe I need to get on the streaming bandwagon. The only way I discover new music now is by going to concerts of my favorite bands and hearing their opening bands. 

Okay, so I'm lying a little. I did what @edebont did and put all of my music on Google Play (which, if it's now called Google Music, would explain why Google Play doesn't load on my web browser at work anymore).

Am I totally missing out? Should I just hop on the spotify bandwagon?

edebont
edebont

I am a fan of Google Music as a digital music platform since day one. I loved the option that I was able to upload 20.000 songs for free. Since me and wife have approx. 500 cd's we've converted them to mp3 and are now able via Google Music to play them on my phone, computer, car, tablet, stereo etc. and add new music via the Google Play Store (with weekly discounts on records every Tuesday). You mentioned that Spotify offers something similar for your own music collection. I wasn't aware of that.

I have also looked into digital streaming services like  Spotify, Sony Music Unlimited (and now Google Access) some time ago. The one thing I don't like about these services is the fact that you actually "rent" music in stead of buying it. This means that if you want to stop the service after for example a year, you've paid $120 and have nothing, while if you have bought music via Google Music, iTunes etc.. you still have the music available since you're able (in case of Google Music) to download it in MP3 format.

Your argument that you can listen to a lot different of music  is a valid one. However if you want to listen to non-mainstream music like obscure 80's metal or Asian music (both are real life examples) the streaming services often don't have this music in their catalogs. That is also one of the reasons why I love the 20.000 song upload from Google Music, since you're able to have this music available via the cloud.

The argument about the option shared playlists from Spotify. I (and I am not the only) always hate those Facebook messages what someone is playing on his spotify since I absolutely don't care what other people are listing to their spotify. Play the music that you like, but don't bother me with it. 

Great video as always and keep up the good work.

PS: A tip for every digital music lover. Have a look at the http://www.logitech.com/en-us/product/wireless-speaker-adapter . This device provides a bluetooth connection to every conventional stereo amplifier, meaning you can stream the music from your smartphone or tablet to your stereo. I bought one some time ago and stream all my music via my tablet to my stereo. It's not that expensive and very easy to setup.









Savvy Sexy Social
Savvy Sexy Social

Thanks for your thoughts. Yeah it's going to be pretty hard to choose All Access over Spotify at this point. Likely will be more like doing both or not. Thanks for your comments.

Jeff Kasten
Jeff Kasten

Oh, one other thing. All Access frequently stops playing, even though I have a solid connection and I'm using Chrome. Weird.

Jeff Kasten
Jeff Kasten

They're both great, but I'd have to give Spotify the crown since it has a desktop app that provides for much more functionality like the ability to download music for offline listening and seamlessly combining locally-owned music with cloud/subscription tunes.

fraofua
fraofua

I've been using Xbox Music since last November when I made the switch from Android to WP. The music platform was a huge thing for me. I really listen to a lot of music and I had the majority of my collection at Google Music. But when I tried the Xbox Music platform it really delivered and I haven't looked back since then. The smart playlist feature works kind of how you described the auto generated playlists, and the automatic synchronization across devices works like a charm. 

But, one of my most important clients operates under the Android platform (My dad). He's music lover too so I'll hook him up with the Google All Access and see how he finds it.

schmittastic
schmittastic moderator

@hellobrio @edebont Spotify is awesome for seeing what friends are listening to and being able to subscribe to each other's playlists. I don't like to buy music anymore because I get sick of songs so fast. If I can just pay to stream whatever I want and be able to change at anytime is much better for me. Plus Spotify lets you take playlists offline on your phone so you can still listen to songs I don't technically own when I'm on flights or out of service. I would give it a try! It's free for desktop and then you can just start paying when you want to go mobile.

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schmittastic
schmittastic moderator

@edebont Great information! Thanks Erik! You know your music streaming :)

edebont
edebont

@Jeff Kasten Hi Jeff, maybe it will help if you switch Google Music to use HTML5. If you go to the settings on the website, you have an option to select "Music Labs". There you can switch on HTML5.

schmittastic
schmittastic moderator

@fraofua Interesting. We have some old Xboxes here but nothing I would love up for music. Makes sense that they have that service though. I'm not really the gamer girl so I'm clueless about this stuff.